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    Let's go old school, does anyone still have issues with search engines or search results?

    I'm trying to get information about the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) which just expanded its online portal today.

    This is great news, but when I do a search I get results from TheLipTV, which I've never heard of; but that's one example. Where are stories from the Wall Street Journal, NBC, Harvard University - anyplace that sounds credible?

    There's a search engine called DuckDuckGo, but does anyone have an opinion on search engines in general or are they really just the same?
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      sometimes when i use a search engine and sometimes i can't find what i'm looking for i try typing in diffrent key words that relate to what i'm looking for
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        I like duckduckgo. I would like to drop Google's tracking, prejudicial BS like a hot potato, yet I still keep using them. Why? The confluence of products. Just that little bar across the top. Web, Images, Maps, Search Tools...so damn useful. So many ways to customize search. I just wish they would stop customizing it in other ways for me.

        Bing and Yahoo are just annoying. I don't remember why, but whenever I try to use them I feel uncomfortable, and I sheepishly run back to Google. I used to use Altavista, Hotbot, and Dogpile. I had a lot of fun with those three. But then Google came along and seduced me with such charms that I dropped them. Now it doesn't satisfy as much, but I can't get away.
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          sharkbate wrote:
          sometimes when i use a search engine and sometimes i can't find what i'm looking for i try typing in diffrent key words that relate to what i'm looking for

          Now that's what I call a Pro Tip
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            I loathe Bing, especially when I'm on MSN's main page and they have an interesting Top 10 style article and when I read it, it basically has me click a Bing link to see what each of the Top 10 entries are for each page. Like they're grooming me for their obnoxious search engine.

            I remember using Metacrawler a bit back in the day.
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              stake n sheak wrote:
              I like duckduckgo. I would like to drop Google's tracking, prejudicial BS like a hot potato, yet I still keep using them. Why? The confluence of products. Just that little bar across the top. Web, Images, Maps, Search Tools...so damn useful. So many ways to customize search. I just wish they would stop customizing it in other ways for me.


              I have the same problem. I always swear I'm going to make the jump to duckduckgo, but it's a sad reality that Google is usually where I always end up.
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                I also hate how due to marketing, and names being used out of context and I can't find images I'm looking for. Like I tried searching for a picture of a dove, but only got Dove soap.
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                  I use Google why the hassle.. I mean just a little imagination/wordplay to get what you're looking for. Careful you may end with a chihuahua humping a toaster.
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                    Dyzfunk7ional wrote:
                    I use Google why the hassle.. I mean just a little imagination/wordplay to get what you're looking for. Careful you may end with a chihuahua humping a toaster.


                    How would that be a bad thing?
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                      Now that I've had time to calm down I know that part of my problem is using a public computer. I wanted breaking news from Boston while online but all I could call up in a simple search was no-name news sources.

                      As long as I'm stuck on a public use computer I'll have to enter names of news sources that I trust directly. VICE and TYT are fine but not when I'm expecting the latest feed from WBUR in Boston.
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                        Derk wrote:
                        Dyzfunk7ional wrote:
                        I use Google why the hassle.. I mean just a little imagination/wordplay to get what you're looking for. Careful you may end with a chihuahua humping a toaster.


                        How would that be a bad thing?


                        Googling porn with chalupas might end you there.
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                          I've noticed over the last 10 years that web searches have become very selective. The more money you pay, the higher up your webpage will be on the search results. Add to this the many people that are Spamdexing (spamming the index); it can be tricky to find what you are looking for. Try searching in quotations with phrases relevant to what you are looking for. Here are a few tips I have learned over the years.

                          site:http://online.wsj.com "Digital Public Library of America"
                          site:news.harvard.edu/ "Digital Public Library of America"
                          "Digital Public Library of America" "online portal"

                          Also try "Digital Public Library of America" click search (under "search tools" select the date range).

                          To remove sites or words do - and the world
                          site -site:www.retrojunk.com "Digital Public Library of America"
                          or
                          -npr "Digital Public Library of America"
                          -theliptv "Digital Public Library of America"

                          There are more tricks out there, but this will get you started.
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                            stake n sheak wrote:
                            sharkbate wrote:
                            sometimes when i use a search engine and sometimes i can't find what i'm looking for i try typing in diffrent key words that relate to what i'm looking for

                            Now that's what I call a Pro Tip


                            but if i can't find what i'm looking for then i just give up looking.
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                              These are ideas that I'm ready to try because I want credible site updates whenever breaking news hits mainstream media - I like to follow stories online with general search just to see what comes up.

                              My search style is too general for my own good when a big story like the Boston Marathon attack is happening.

                              But when I'm just fun-searching - ya can't beat a public computer. I get results from sites that I'd never find on my own. Crazy-weird stuff, lol.
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